Showing posts with label Snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snow. Show all posts

Friday, February 05, 2010

Making it Happen ...


It's snowing here in Central Virginia ... again. We have had years go by without any real accumulation to speak of, but already we are on track to set records for snowfall.

Virginia is not equipped for handling such frequent and large amounts of snow, so this type of weather always results in the dreaded ... SNOW PANIC!!!

My New York friend, Kim L., absolutely loves SNOW PANIC! DON'T-CHA KIM?

Speaking of being ill-equipped ... that reminds me of the good ol' days when we first moved here. Me and my very Texas friend Dusty (oh yes ... her even her name is Texan) would strap those baggies and hair bands around the ankles of our little princess girls and head outside with our laundry baskets and strips of leftover linoleum. Ahhhhh. Now those were the days.

So anyhoo, what I was saying was, basketball is cancelled, church is cancelled, school is cancelled, piano practice, guitar, dance class ... you get the picture?


So since we have no hand in the weather or the changes that it causes in our day-to-day life, we are choosing to have a grand ol' time around here and enjoy every minute of it!

O.K. the reality is that there are A LOT of minutes where I seriously consider pulling their my hair out, strand by strand.

But in between *those* minutes we do try to have fun :)


Our weekend will include but is not limited to ...

Movies, snowflakes (the paper kind - look here!), naps, tents (the blanket kind - look here!), books (reading out loud and to myself), fingernail clipping (an Olympic event around here), laundry, more movies, games (farkle, imaginiff, zingo, wii), more naps, and eventually sledding and snowman making which will definitely lead to more laundry ... and EATING.

The eating and the preparing for eating consumes a large portion of our day when we are all here together. Prepping, enjoying and cleaning it all up is quite time consuming ... but a blessing nonetheless.

Our weekend will also include but is not limited to ...

(click for recipes)

Banana Pudding (the easy way)
Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy (I don't use a recipe, but just in case my NY friends needed one)
Heavenly Hash (thanks Robin!)
Chili & Cornbread
Meatballs, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Veggies & Chocolate Chip Cookies (Superbowl food)

That's how are we are making the best of it ... How 'bout you?


"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."
-Isaiah 1:18


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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Again!!!


14 inches I think? It is so soft that the kids haven't had great success with sledding ... yet ;)









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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bullet Points ...

Hannah
  • Turned 14 last month
  • Her oral surgery was a smashing success and the once hidden teeth are now exposed and behaving as they should
  • Has developed a love for movie-making/editing and really enjoys designing blogs
  • Excelling in math
  • Margaret Petersen Haddix is currently her favorite author
  • Preparing for her piano recital
  • Eating us out of house and home
  • Wants to redesign *almost* every room in our home
  • Very excited about art class that we began this week
Emma
  • Turns 12 next week
  • Loves dance ... her recital is in May
  • Has a passion for unloading the dishwasher ... I told her that is a gift from God
  • Her guitar playing has improved so much! We love hearing her new songs each week
  • Reads with an insatiable appetite ... most recent favorite was The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
  • Also very excited about art class
  • Singing with the girls choir at church
  • Won't eat the crunch off of any portion of food
Samuel
  • Has the worst cowlick this side of the Mississippi
  • Started t-ball and therefore the resident expert ... any questions?
  • Reading ... what an amazing process. Words come to life everywhere we go
  • Makes his bed, cleans his room, feeds the dog ... daily chores
  • Art class for him too and he loves it!
  • Has adapted well at his new SS class
  • Learning that boys were created to be men and therefore given a spirit of courage ... don't be afraid of bugs but instead decide the least messy way to kill them :)
Benjamin
  • Trouble
  • More trouble
  • Eats breakfast twice each day
  • Outside is the place to be
  • Loves Daddy ... watching that daily reunion will melt your heart
  • Vocabulary: Bye-Bye, Momma, Daddy, Dis, Dat,
  • Signing: Please, More, Bye-Bye
  • Gives kisses
  • Thinks he plays the Wii, fights with swords, plays ball, and pretends with cars ... Sam is so glad he has a "real" brother now
Mom
  • Has decided that if she ever finds out who brought that nasty virus to church a couple of weeks ago ... well ... let's just hope she never finds out
  • Has also decided that there should be an entire line of disposable towels and clothing for such a virus ... in the meantime she will continue to throw away good beach towels after the third day of such of a virus
  • Would love to complete a project or two and but today is settling for the enormous mound of laundry in her bedroom to be folded and ... (drum roll please) PUT AWAY
  • Is rejoicing over new life being knit together ... a new baby will be here in October! We are expecting!
  • Now do I get a total round of pity-applause for mopping up throw-up for an entire week?

Dad

  • Is thrilled to be a Dad to five but is still perplexed at the idea of having babies in 2008 AND 2009
  • Loves to be asked the age-old question: "You know what causes that, right?"
  • I am joking about that. We much prefer "Congratulations! Children are a blessing from God!"
  • Had a birthday this month (post is coming ... it was caught in the crossfire of a stomach virus)
  • Ready to fish! The weather is still a bit temperamental around here
  • Has taught Benjamin to count to three (sounds a bit like: "unnnnn, toooooo, eeeeeee!")
  • Managed to be the only one of our clan to avoid that nasty virus ... this picture gives clear evidence as to how:
  • Still did a splendid job taking care of us and made no less than four runs to the store and stayed up until the wee hours cleaning the house ... you have no idea


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Leftover Snow Pictures






Monday, March 02, 2009

Dear Beloved Texas

Dear Texas,

I just want to tell you that I still call you home.

Well, just tonight I was tucking Hannah in and I told her
, "The next time we go home, we can take that ring to James Avery and they can polish the scratches right out."

She was quick to point out with a whisper, "Momma. You called it
home again".

It's just in my bones, honey. I can't help it.
Growing up with the smell of hot dirt blowing around the 5-acres that I wasted spent my childhood mowing, has settled into the recesses of my soul.

Oh, how I love me some hot dirt. Especially if we can mix that with an afternoon of pushing the wheelbarrow 'round & 'round the perimeter of our property when it is say ONE HUNDRED O' TWO DEGREES, picking up rocks, to prepare for the 3 hour session of mowing all that hot dirt ... well all the better.

That kind of joy just never goes away.

Seriously, I do love the Texas summer. Even the blazing hot summer. And I miss those mild winters where I could change out my flip-flops with my suede fringe boots.


I also miss my bluebonnets, Tex-Mex, back roads, and big sky.

I miss the waving stranger, the "yes ma'm", and the certainty of Dr. Pepper at my local drive-through burger establishment.


I miss the normalcy of cowboy hats, ya'll as proper grammar and tortillas.

Help me. I think I can smell the tortillas.

Now I am salivating for the food so I might as well go there.

Mrs. Bairds, Blue Bell, Big Red, Braums, Pappadeaux, Whataburger and good donuts.

Mexican food, Mexican food, please can't someone in Virginia make SOME DECENT MEXICAN FOOD???

Sorry. It started with the tortillas.
I have gotten a little bit off track.

What I am trying to say to you, Texas is that I still love you ... but I gotta come clean.


Virginia has a piece of my heart.
Because even though you have given me so much ...

You fail me here:




Pieces of a Snow Day

*Baked Potato Soup
*Apple Pie
*Hot Chocolate
*Algebra on Sunday Afternoon (anticipating snow holiday)

*Gloves too small
*Coats too big
*Big girl wears her momma's boots
*The house is quiet

*Grilled Cheese
*Popcorn
*More hot chocolate
*Daddy leaves for work ... late :)

*Bird tracks in the snow
*Needing more patience with snow gloves
*Quiet is gone
*What a blessing to be warm!